Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Under The Sea

The mermaid is an enduring mythical image. This lovely ceramic relief of a mermaid was made in Turin, Italy by Otto Marani for Lenci, 1930s. The evocative rendering is elegant and classically Art Deco.
18" x 8.25"
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Monday, December 28, 2015

Patinated Perfection

 
One of our most celebrated names in German Pottery is that of Richard Uhlemeyer (1900-1954), whose work enjoyed a 6 month retrospective at the Keramik-Museum-Berlin in 2011. This type of glaze is called a "copper reduction" giving the coloration a patinated look. The purposefully crazed or variegated surface gives the piece an antiqued appeal. At 22"h x 15"w - this large vase is monumental in both scale and as an artistic achievement.
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Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays

The shop will be closed Today, Friday December 25th in observance of the Christmas Holiday.
We will be open this weekend 12-6pm Saturday & Sunday.
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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Trim That Tree

Give the gift of vintage!
We have a wide array of golden oldie ornaments.
Trim your own tree or give a glittery bulb away this Holiday.
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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Bejeweled Box

A rarified gift fit for royalty. This artisan made objet d'art consists of faux gemstones created in crystalline glass embedded in a 24k gold glaze. Made in France circa 1960. The heavy lid sits atop a rosewood box lined in felt. This style work is generally seen in similarly bejeweled French mirrors, but this is the only box we've seen. A little treasure designed to hold your other treasured baubles.
5.5" in circumference, 3"h
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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Horsing Around

One of the best Aldo Londi for Bitossi mid Century horses ever to occupy one of the stalls at our stables.
Stunning, large, rare and ready for your Rosario Candela penthouse or your Richard Neutra case study house, this is the only horse you'll ever need or want, 13 inches tall.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Think Pink

A rare and unusual pair of Barovier & Toso pink and gold decorative Murano stoppered bottles. circa 1950. 15 inches tall.

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Monday, December 14, 2015

You Have To Urn It

A last gasp of late Deco styling by Thorkild Olsen (1890-1973) for  Royal Copenhagen circa 1950.
Large, exceptionally rare and maybe the best example we've ever seen. In celadon and grey crackle glazed stoneware with 24k gold trim, 18 inches tall. Recently acquired from the estate of a prominent Chicago art collector.
 Thorkild Olsen was a key figure in transforming Royal Copenhagen into one of the world's most cutting edge and luxurious manufacturers of porcelain and stoneware, he started painting fine porcelain by hand in 1908 while still attending art school, he went on to become one of the most important artists at the company.
 His work is represented in the collections of many museums including, The Royal Copenhagen Museum of Art & Design, Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris and the Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche in Faenza Italy.
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Saturday, December 12, 2015

Galleon Chic

There's a certain subset of Art Deco design that is very sailing ship/galleon influenced, I'm thinking of the lantern at the top of New York's Consolidated Edison Building and Hearst Castle in California.
 Our Art Deco vase was designed by Andre Delatte (French, 1887-1953) in the 1920s.
Sand blasted acid etched glass, side of vase is signed "Jarvil Nancy". Delatte was part of the Nancy school, along with Galle, Daum, and Muller.
  7 inches tall.
The Consolidated Edison Building, New York City.
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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

More Deco-rations

Art Deco French Polyesian Figurines, circa 1920s/30s, in the manner of Robj, Paris, recently acquired from an important New York City estate. The offering of fruit, especially pineapple, is a traditional symbol of hospitality - and these two are certain to be a welcome addition to any stylish home.
16" each
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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Art Deco Argenta

Our collection of "Argenta" series vessels is ever expanding - These deco treasures were created for Swedish firm Gustavsberg & designed by Wilhelm Kage in the 30s/40s. They always feature elaborate sterling silver decorations inlaid on a mottled blue/green stoneware base. The giant presentation piece (17") has an inscription in Swedish that dates the monumental covered jar to 1942.
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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Bergdorf Decor

Once again we're honored to be the source of vintage glass for the visual display team of Bergdorf Goodman, lead by the talented Salvatore Lenzo. The main theme of this seasonal presentation was tortoise shell Italian glass, which we custom curated over a several month period leading up to the current holiday unveiling on their 2nd floor. We just love what they did, placing our glass in these seasonal woodland wonderland vignettes - the result is warm, inviting, cozy and chic.
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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Glamorous Blasts from the Past

This pair of spectacular and entirely unique candle sticks were made by Claude Victor Boeltz- a self-described "Erosurrealist Master Artist". They were created expressly for Cartier Paris in the 1970s. This signature technique is what Victor refers to as “exploded bronze” - 24KT gold plated bronze, decorated with African quartz crystals. These are certainly as much fine art sculpture as they are candelabras.
14" x 11" each
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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Totally Toft

Thomas Toft is one of our favorite mid-century Danish ceramicists and here we have a handsome example in the blue and dove grey glaze that is one of his signatures, a nice large piece at just over 11 inches tall.
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Friday, November 27, 2015

Thanksgiving in Spain

The shop is closed today, Friday November 27th. 
Greetings from Palma De Mallorca, Spain. We are spending Thanksgiving in this magical ancient city with a friend who lives here and I would encourage anyone who's thinking of visiting Spain to include the city and this beautiful island on their itinerary.
Hunting for treasures as always and enjoying some of the most delicious food anywhere in Europe. Check out our instagram for a look at Palma and the island of Mallorca, see you in New York next week with some Spanish treasure!
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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

We will be closed on Thursday November 26th and Friday November 27th. We will reopen on Saturday at 12noon.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Two Heads Are Better Than One

A pair of sublime ceramic head vases created in the 1960s by the twin French brothers Jean (1930- ) and Robert (1930-2008) Cloutier. After attending art school and a four year appenticeship with noted French ceramicist Pol Chambost they opened their own ceramic workshop on Rue de Reuilly in Paris. Later they would move their workshop to the south eastern Languedoc region of France.
 The larger vase is 12 inches tall and the smaller one is 10 inches tall. Acquired from an important private French collection.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Alvino Bagni Rides Again

A very rare, we have never seen this glaze on this form before, and fine example of an Alvino Bagni masterwork. This horse and rider dates to the 1960s and is 16.5 inches (42cm) tall.
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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Swede Selection

A treasure trove of fine vintage Scandinavian vessels has just arrived - Acquired from a private collection in Sweden.

Top: Decorated Stig Lindberg Vase with a selection of smaller vases by Carl-Harry Stålhane
Center: 1930s Swedish Art Deco Bronze
Bottom: Three by Carl-Harry Stålhane
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Monday, November 16, 2015

Gold Leaved

This almost surreal Italian vase features applied gold leaves on an off-white sgraffito surface - with an orange glazed interior. The leaves appear to be from the holly bush, making it perfect for a winter arrangement. Created in the 1950s by Ceramiche Rometti, Italy.
12" tall
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Saturday, November 14, 2015

Friday, November 13, 2015

Big in Belgium

A large and beautiful crackle glazed 1920s Art Deco vase by Boch Freres. 15 inches tall.
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Boch Freres

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Horses of Different Colors

The Gallop polls are in - and Bitossi horses are always the winners. Our latest group of vintage equines are in some gorgeous colors. The gold crackled is the rarest, the orange is always a best seller, and the raspberry is a runner up for hardest to find.
All measure around 12-13" tall and long
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Saturday, November 7, 2015

British Brutalist Abstraction

This fantastic set of 4 abstract metal forms, that can be arranged to your liking, are signed and dated 1969 by British sculptor Reg Butler (1913-1981), each component is 18 inches tall.
 This piece was acquired from a deaccession sale of the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation. http://arthurmsacklerfdn.org/
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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Autumnal Arrangement

Always lovely to have an instant Italian collection - 3-of-a-kind if you will. Created for export by Bitossi in the 60s in a decidedly earthy, fall like, color collaboration.
8", 9", and 12" respectively
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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Glossy Goods

We've once again made the cover of Real Simple - where some of our fine vintage wares grace the mantle of this charming holiday setting. Stylists often come to us for shoots, since we really have the most eclectic and expansive selection of accessories in one shop. It's always a treat seeing how the skilled prop masters imagine our goods in editorial settings.
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Sunday, November 1, 2015

Haute Hippocampus

In Greek mythology Poseidon (Neptune in Roman) was the God of the sea and horses, brother to Zeus and father to Theseus. Poseidon's great chariot was pulled through the surf by seahorses.
As a maritime superpower from the early Middle Ages to Napoleon's conquest in 1797, the Most Serene Republic of Venice (Italian: Serenissima Repubblica di Venezia) adopted the Hippocampus as one of it's symbols, Venice itself was founded by Romans fleeing the Goths in the early 5th Century as a place of refuge in the isolated marshes of the lagoon. Venice even has an exact date of creation, according to tradition, the city state formally came into existence at the stroke of noon on March 25th, 421 A.D.
Our fine and rare example is by the great master Alfredo Barbini, it dates to the early 1950s and is 10.5 inches tall.
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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Big in Venice

An important and monumental vase form sculpture by Otello Rosa for San Polo of Venice. San Polo was only in business from 1947 to 1959 and produced some of the most beautiful decorative Italian ceramics in the 50s, exhibiting at the Venice Biennale in 1954. Our example is 24 inches tall.
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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Continental Classicism

A beautiful pair of fruitwood side chairs inlaid with Greek classical detail in ebony. Not signed possibly Italian, Austrian or French circa 1810. Recently acquired from the estate of a prominent Chicago interior designer.
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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Another Artistic Expression

We have always said our pieces are works of art, and occasionally they are used as media for current established artists. Such is the case with this bountiful installation by the mega-talented, multidisciplinary artist Andiseh Avini. Showing just through the end of the month at the Marianne Boesky Gallery Uptown, the tablescape includes many of our vessels for flowers and bowls for edible offerings as a symbolic assemblage of Persian culture. The paintings and geodistic rock crystal sculptures are the artists work as well. He is a rising star and we are honored that he choose our pieces to complete his vision.
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Monday, October 26, 2015

Abstract Expression

A spectacular piece of mid-century Italian pottery, very much in the Abstract Expressionist style. Signed by an unknown artist 'D'Arienza, Italy' - you can see the laborious nature of the construction, where nearly two feet of clay was built, ring by ring, from the base up. Then, we can appreciate the decoration - a painterly application of colorful movement centered with bold orange vertical and horizontal bars. A modern artistic mix in a monumental size - 23" tall
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